Calaveras County Points of Interest
Incident No. 3
(Described by Prof. Alcibiades La Rue)
This 'incident' was witnessed by a group of clampers who had been drinking the potent 'Mother-Lode-Grape-Juice-Special.' Shortly after leaving the ECV Saloon they found themselves wandering in the country where the above apparition appeared. They swore the figure (with pack) was none other than "Moose" Hardliany, ex-bartender, who created the recipe for MLGJS.
All Photos 6 December 2012
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The ECV Wall of Comparative Ovations is on the side wall of the Thompson Building.
The main marker reads:
E Clampus Vitus
During the Gold Rush Days of California the organization known as E Clampus Vitus flourished throughout the gold diggings. It was sort of a parody of the solemn and mysterious fraternal orders then so popular in the states. Every member held an office of equal indignity. It was said that E Clampus Vitus existed for the purpose of promoting the welfare of widows and orphans, especially the widows. Early newspaper articles prove their deeds actually did aid needy families. Primarily, however, it was a fun organization and the antics and glorious spirit of early-day clampers lightened the cares of the Gold Rush Days and made the old frontiers ring with laughter.
Reborn in 1931
Resuscitated by Carl I. Wheat, Geo. Ezra Dane and Leon Whitsell. The purpose of the revived order is to cultivate interest in the history of California and have fun in the process.
The first revived chapter was Yerba Buena No.1, San Francisco.Other chapters that have come into existence are, in chronological order: